Let me set the record straight: Parsley purchased commercially will not kill your bird. It is not toxic or poisonous. It simply isn’t. In fact it’s really very good for companion birds and it’s a wonderful herb to include in Chop or any other vegetable mixes you choose to give your flock. It has a mild flavor and perks up the taste of other foods making them taste brighter and more flavorful.
It’s a tasty little herb that was often used as a garnish for a number of reasons.
It has long been known to be a breath freshener so the parsley was there for you to consume after you finished your meal. It’s also a bit of a pretty green plant to perk up the look of your plate. It is considered to be the most popular herb in the world and it’s actually a relative of celery.
But there is a lot more that this plant has to offer than simply looking pretty placed beside your roasted root vegetables. It’s been grown in gardens everywhere around the world but it seems to have originated in Europe or Western Asia.
There are two varieties of parsley: the curly, densely packed variety and the flat-leafed type. It seems that the flat-leafed variety does better in colder climates so this is the type most often grown in the Northern and Midwest regions of the world. It is very easily grown and maintain and you can put it in a garden straight into the ground. But you will find that it works well as a container plant.
This makes it a perfect “kitchen garden” plant you can simply grow on a sunny porch or window sill and use it by snipping the green leaves off as needed. It’s a pretty plant and grows easily with a little care. You can grow it from seed or if you prefer, you can get starter plants and use those if that makes your life easier.
You can grow it in full sun or partial shade so it’s not too picky about where it lives.
It’s quite versatile as it can be dried as well as frozen with success. Freezing it is easy as it does freeze well. As long as you aren’t too concerned about the appearance, the flavor of parsley as well as the nutrition remain intact. Simply double bag it in zip-lock bags and squeeze the air out of the bags before sealing it tightly. When you want to use some in a recipe, simply pinch off the amount needed for your recipe and return the bag to the freezer after once again squeezing out the air.
The nutritional benefits turn out to be plentiful. This demure tasting little herb has a nice smack of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients as well as Vitamin K and which aid in blood cell function. Vitamin K is necessary to help form blood platelets, crucial for the for the formation of blood clotting. If you are low in vitamin K you might have a problem with blood clotting which can lead to abnormal bleeding and bruising. A half-cup of parsley contains 492 micrograms of vitamin K, which is a human’s daily requirement.
Parsley also contains carnosol, an ingredient that regulates gene activity and may fight the growth of several types of cancer.
But there is far more to this innocent looking little herb. Vitamin A, as well as the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. have been found in it which aids the eyes in filtering light. These factors shield the tissue way in the back of your eyes from light rays which might cause sensitivity harming your eyes and causing damage. The Vitamin A that is plentiful in parsley maintains the health of your skin, and also helps keep mucous membranes in your mouth and nasal passages healthy and working. And it’s an ace with helping to fight off free-radical damage.
So you can see where including this is any vegetable medleys or chopped vegetable meals you would make for your flock would be a boon to their health. I use it in my Chop as well as Grain Bake quite frequently and it adds a bright green color and a wonderful taste to the Chop as well as that nice boost of nutrition.
Any time you can find herbs or vegetables that are easily obtained and have the nutritional content in such a small package such as parsley, please take advantage of them. It’s a wonderful addition to your bird’s diet!